Ettore Bugatti was born in 1881 in Milan, but always considered himself more of a Frenchman. His ancestors were prominent artists. Father Carlo was Art Nouveau furniture, jewelry and extravagant clothes designer. His grandfather, Giovanni Luigi was a sculptor architect and Ettore’s younger brother Rembrant was again the excellent sculptor specializing in animals. It was him who created the statue of the elephant, located under the front grille of Bugatti Royale.